The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) has powers to investigate certain breaches of rental law by landlords called improper conducts. If landlords are found to have committed improper conduct, they can be sanctioned with a written caution and/or a sanction of up to €15,000 and up to €15,000 in costs. All sanctions are paid to the exchequer.
The RTB has significant powers to investigate 9 breaches of rental laws by landlords (called improper conducts), including:
- raising the rent unlawfully in a Rent Pressure Zone;
- failing to register a property;
- failure to update the register when required to do so;
- failing to offer a tenancy back to a tenant when required to do so;
- knowingly giving a false or misleading reason for ending a tenancy in a Notice of Termination; and
- seeking a greater amount in deposit or an advance payment than is allowed.
Please read information on the 9 improper conducts below. If the issue you are having is not one of the improper conducts it cannot be dealt with through the RTB Investigations and Sanctions process but may be able to apply for mediation or dispute resolution through the RTB Dispute Resolution Service.
How can I notify the RTB about potential breaches?
A brief overview of the Investigations and Sanctions process
Investigation Vs Dispute Resolution: which is better for me?
To find out find more information webpage on when to submit an application for Dispute Resolution Services and when to submit information to Investigations and Sanction click here.
Your Personal Data
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The RTB has a legal obligation to publish sanctions that have been confirmed by the Circuit Court once all legal and administrative procedures have been completed. The RTB will continue to do so on an ongoing basis.